and faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point are likely all too
familiar with the orange envelopes placed underneath the windshield wipers of
orange envelopes contain citations for violations, such as parking at an
expired meter or parking without a permit in a designated permit area.
citations vary in cost according to the type of offense. Parking at an expired
meter on campus is $6, while a citation for an incorrect or missing permit is $20.
revenue garnered from citations and coin meters goes to maintaining and
improving the lots on campus. This includes funding projects, such as the new
parking structure planned for development in Lot X.
revenue also goes to paying the wages of parking services employees, which has
three full-time employees, some part-time employees and between 10 and 15
services, whose mission statement includes providing permit and convenience
parking to students, faculty, staff and guests, requires some of the lowest
permit fees in the University of Wisconsin system and charges some of the
lowest citation prices.
example, an expired meter citation at the University of Wisconsin- Madison
costs $30, five times the rate of UWSP. The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh’s
citation price is $11.
difference in price for parking permits is even greater. It is $790 for the
majority of UW-Madison lot permits. UW-Oshkosh charges $70 per semester for a
parking lot off campus. UWSP charges just over $93 for a yearly permit.
you pay more than that in a month [at other schools],” said Bill Rowe, director
of Protective and Parking Services, who has been with UWSP since 2003.
Likely, a senior journalism major attending UW-Madison, said that the parking
situation on the campus is less than ideal.
had a car for three years here. My first year, I was six blocks away from my
apartment. The lot was never plowed, and it was still $85 a month,” Likely
said. “Garage parking is expensive, and meter parking and street parking is
even more expensive. Long story short, I hate parking in Madison.”
least one student feels the current parking situation on the UWSP campus could
also be improved.
Schuman, a web and digital media design senior, said she struggles to find
parking spots on campus that she does not have to pay for because she has to
stay extended periods of time on campus. She also said that at certain times of
the day, even metered spots are a struggle to find.
four dollars a day or even more for metered parking breaks the bank,” Schuman
said. “At the end of the day, I may complain a lot about it, but I do realize
it could be worse. It’s frustrating and all, but I guess I could be paying a
heck of a lot more out of pocket than I am currently. A lot of my frustration
comes from the fact that I work on campus, and there’s no compensation for
parking offered for student employees.”